Happy New Year! 2012 in Review

NYE Ball Drop at the Buffalo Electric Tower

NYE Ball Drop at the Buffalo Electric Tower

I know, I know, it’s January 5, so the year is HARDLY new any more, and you’re all probably exhausted by the ubiquitous 2012 recap posts, but this is my blog and I do what I want!

As we enter the new year, my one-year blogoversary approaches! I began blogging at the end of January 2012, and it is amazing to see how much my reading habits have changed since I started chronicling my reading here on Books Speak Volumes. I read more books in 2012 than in any previous year (18 more than in 2011), and I expanded the types of books that I read. Read on for an overview of my reading in 2012!

My goal in 2012 year was to read 50 books, and I exceeded it by five books! Two of them were novellas, but still, more than 50 were full-length books! I’m pretty proud of myself for reading an average of one book per week.

Number of books read: 55
Pages read: 18,025

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I was also really pleased to see how evenly my reading was split between male and female authors! Hooray for reading without gender bias!

Books by male authors: 27
Books by female authors: 28
Number of different authors read: 48 (24 female, 24 male)

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When I was younger, I re-read books constantly. I can’t even tell you how many times I read each of the Harry Potter books, but suffice it to say my copy ofย Prisoner of Azkaban is in pieces. Literal pieces, like six people could be reading my copy in six different rooms at the same time. It was dearly loved. However, as my TBR list/pile grows longer and longer, I re-read a lot less often. It’s often difficult to justify re-reading when there are so many amazing books out there that I haven’t read yet! It is nice to take the time to re-read a favorite sometimes, though.

Books read for the first time: 51
Rereads: 4

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Before 2012, I read predominately fiction with a few travel memoirs and modern classics thrown in. In 2012, I began reading a wider range of books, including short stories, essays, and general non-fiction. I had never read any of these genres voluntarily before, but I’ve found that I really enjoy them! I definitely have many of you bloggers to thank for my changing reading habits; I got so many fantastic recommendations from your blogs! I’m really looking forward to continue to read more widely in 2013.

Books by genre:
Literary fiction: 28
Classics: 7
Memoirs: 6
Short story collections: 5
Essay collections: 4
General Non-Fiction: 3
Plays: 1

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Although I did a good job of expanding the styles of books I read, in 2013 I hope to read more geographically diverse books. I only read five books by authors from non-English-speaking countries in 2012, and I would really like to expand my global perspectives through reading this year.

Books by author nationality:
US: 40
UK: 7
Canada: 3
Columbia: 1
Dominican Republic: 1
Iran: 1
Japan: 1
Russia: 1

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I somehow read more books published in the last decade than in the entire previous century. This year I hope to read more modern classics of the 20th century, such as Earnest Hemingway, E.M. Forster, Toni Morrison, and Maya Angelou, while still trying to read new releases here and there.

Books by century/decade:
1800s: 7
1900s: 19
– 1900s: 1
– 1910s: 0
– 1920s: 1
– 1930s: 1
– 1930s: 1
– 1940s: 1
– 1950s: 1
– 1960s: 3
– 1970s: 0
– 1980s: 6
– 1990s: 4
2000s: 30
– 2000s: 9
– 2010s: 21

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2012 year was a great year for reading, for me. Starting my own blog and reading others helped me discover so many amazing books, introduced me (online) to some really interesting and insightful readers, and enabled me to connect meaningfully with people all over the world. I can’t wait to continue this journey with all of you in 2013!

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8 thoughts on “Happy New Year! 2012 in Review

  1. Congrats on your first anniversary and yay for that number of female authors!

    I’m so glad we came across and decided to read Cloud Atlas together. Somehow I wondered why we hadn’t met before since our taste in books is so similar, but now I see why! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I also think that blogging likely is reducing my likelihood of rereading books, since I keep hearing about so many other books I want to read! Though I also seem to go through phases of my life where I do a lot of rereading or else very little rereading.

  3. I was thinking you must be coming up for your one year anniversary for your blog – I remember you starting not too long after I had started! Very exciting!
    Loved this breakdown of the books you read too, such an interesting analysis of it all when you look at it. I likewise would like to read more novels from non-English speaking backgrounds – the only ones I think I read last year were either Swedish or Spanish (though my first book I have finished this year, as you might have guessed, was Norwegian Wood).
    Can’t wait to see what we all read in 2013! ๐Ÿ™‚

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